Friday, January 7, 2011

Holidays & Re-decorating

For this holidays season, our family of three was blessed to able to fly to my home in Louisiana. We were there for two weeks. It was in one word AWESOME :D It was great getting away from the snow for a while, too. It still felt like Christmas even without all that snow, especially with all the traditional stuff like my home ward's Silent Night Contata, carolling in the neighborhood, and doing our Christmas Eve nativity re-enactment. I regret not getting any Christmas morning pics of all of us and our new toys, but we were just enjoying the magic of it all I guess :) Next year I will get lots! Besides, Talmage is still too young to really understand whats going on, haha. We tried to get him to play with his presents and he just stuck the ribbon in his mouth :)
We also enjoyed eating out at some of my favorite places, such as Counter Culture, Raising Canes, PieWorks, and Ralph & Kacoo's. We shopped till we dropped, then shopped some more when we came back through Utah and stayed with my grandparents. Overall, it was a wonderful time!
Here are some memorable moments:

We drove to Texarkana for the day and were able to see Jonathan's brother Daniel, his wife & my friend since forever Megan, and their daughter Ryleigh. :) I wish we could have spent more time with them!

Mimi (playing the angel for our nativity) holding our mock baby Jesus :)

First encounter with Santa! He was tired but at least he didn't cry!

He and Roux were BEST friends during our stay. They were always together.

Since we've been back in Rexburg I've decided to re-decorate a little. We've added a dark orange color to our living room with some new curtains (thermal ones- because it seems like no matter how high the heat is a draft always comes through). I accented the curtains with a few fun things:

I got this fabric from a warehouse in Shreveport called Best Fabrics. I never knew this place existed while living there and it is AMAZING. Hallways of wholesale fabric that goes on and on. I must have spent a few hours in there at least.

While in Utah we got this bookshelf from Ikea. I found the vase at TaiPan Trading (thanks Sarah for taking me! I loved it almost as much as I loved seeing you!) and the reeds at Joanns Fabrics on clearance. The candle holder and mosaic picture frame are from World Market. Put it all together and poof! :) A new decorative piece.

I've decorated our TV mantle with organic-like pieces. Most of it from the Dollar Tree. can't beat that :)

Recently I've re-done our bathroom, too. Before it was all red satin, but the red got old. We've pretty much outed all the red in our entire apartment. Our toilet room is now seashells :)

I found this little number at TaiPan and had to have it. I love how blue and pretty it is.

Remember that fabric warehouse I mentioned? Well I also found this fun green and brown reversible fabric there that I used to cover our chair cushions. They were red before.

And they're removable!

Someday I will have something better to do with my time. But for now, in this little apartment that I dwell in day after day, I have to have *something* to keep me sane. :)

This post is long enough so...until next time! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!


Layla said...

Your dollar tree has some awesome stuff. I also loved Tai Pan when I lived there. Alot of my decor is from there. During Thanksgiving, Christmas and around conference time, they have huge sells. Good thing I don't live in Utah any more or my whole pay check would go there.

Joe and Bree said...

thank you for updating! :) All your new stuff looks super cute! You will have to teach me how to sew some of those cute things!

Ben & Britt said...

Your projects looks amazing! You are so crafty!

The Garlands said...

Love it very cute :) I wish I could do those fun things to decorate our place.

Logan and Ashleigh said...

You are SOOOO talented! It all looks so just made me look around my apartment and think about all that I want to change... SOMEDAY :)

Forever, Foralways, No Matter What said...

You are so crafty and talented! I like it all!
Quick question though, the thermal curtains, how do you like them? Are they working? What a neat idea!

SBR said...

I had such a good day that day too! Those places are so much fun...I love all of your decor, it's just so lovely. The organic look is amazing and now I want to do something like it...haha. love you : )

Haylee and JC said...

Yay!! I am so excited that you are way into sewing now!! Looks like your projects are turning out great! Super cute! And great decor ideas!!